Information about Mental Health services--link
Telehealth is allowed--https://med.noridianmedicare.com/web/jeb/specialties/telehealth
Caregiver/professional stress- pg 25 rocks! http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Portals/0/Children/HomeVisiting/Home%20Visitor%20Safety%20Training.pdf
Emotional Support Animals (ESA)/Psychiatric Service Animals (PSA)
Free Caregiver Support Groups:
Family Caregiver Alliance--Amazing support including free family consultations at your home,, support group, and link to resources all over the US. The service is gear towards caregivers looking after people with disability an seniors-- https://www.caregiver.org/family-care-navigator
Creative ways to fund counseling work:
-Via the Employee Assistance Program of a household member.
-Elect to fund your Flexible Savings Plan (generally during November open-enrollment period) or Health Savings Plan. You would benefit from pre-tax savings.
Alternatives to counseling;
If talking therapy is not your cup of tea, then thinks about other ways to process buried trauma or emotions:
-Any type of body work/ massage work, including Rosen Method, Acupressure
-If cost is a factor, consider schools that train practitioners in the above areas.
Local Low Cost / Free Homeopathic Clinics
Intuitive Ways to Slow Down Our Busy Minds:
Can you guess how many thoughts can come across our minds every minute? Around 48. Really? Here are my favorite tools to help calm my mind:
1. Meditation. http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22
Start off with the 3 and 5 mins ones. I started by doing one each day for a few months, and soon I developed more "muscles" for longer ones.
2. Foot massage. Double action: (1) Lots of acupressure points and reflexology points from your knees down and on your feet. You are helping your body energy to rebalance. (2) "Where your attention goes, the energy flows." Bringing your attention to the feet brings you back to your body and present moment, and can be really grounding.
3. Regular exercises. Help regulate your body chemistry and burn of stress hormones that builds up from everyday modern life. (And it's healthy too!)
4. Music, Anyone? Probably not the sappy breakup songs. Only you know which one brings you into the mood you seek.
5. Gratitude. Share 1 item each day in your journal or a pal. Much like meditation, this helps build a new neuropath in our brains, giving your mind an alternative route and outlook overtime.
A Note on Meditation;
A lot of people say that they can't stop their minds from wandering, and can't stay calm and still long enough. Surprisingly, remaining thoughtless is not the goal for most mediation teachings.
For some, the act of noticing when your mind has wandered off is the goal. In noticing, your power of observation begin to increase. You begin to draw and strengthen new neuro-pathways in the "noticing". Other meditation teachers emphasize the quality of heighten awareness. For example, you may be putting your attention on your achy lower back. If you stay long enough, then perhaps a emotional memory surfaces--this memory may or may not be "pleasant" or calming. However, by noticing it, you have the option of processing and releasing it.
All this is to say that the result of meditation does not necessarily feel so quiet and peaceful (it can be the opposite). But every moment of it is building the frontal lobe of our brains which is the seat of higher human brain function (and consciousness)--an alternative to the more basic part of our brains which are busy helping us with physical survival (i.e. helps us reflexively remove our hands from the hot stove) or busying us with incessant chatter that tends to only make us more anxious and depressed. Becoming more aware of this process empowers us to have a choice to choose instead of unconsciously following a comfortable grove and patterns. .
Training the muscles for holding attention.
Mindfulness mediation for the Chinese speakers--